If, for some reason, the simple, serene pleasures of oceanic angling aren't already enough to tempt you to whip our your rod in Sea of Thieves, Rare is offering additional incentive for the next two weeks in the form of a surprise fishing challenge, with prizes.
Sea of Thieves' Hunter's Haul event, as it's officially known, starts today, 24th February, and is split into two separate week-long challenges.
During the first week, you'll need to hoist 120 fish of any type out of the water at old Merrick's behest, handing them over to a Hunter's Call representative at your nearest Seapost. Those that manage to do so by Sunday, 1st March, will receive 250 Doubloons to spend in-game.
Things get a little more specific on 2nd March, and players will be required to catch and hand in 60 relatively rare Trophy fish variants before the event reaches its conclusion on Monday, 9th March. Do this, and you'll be awarded 300 additional Doubloons.
That's not quite the end of it, however; over the course of the two week event, Rare will also be keeping tabs on the number of Ruby Splashtails successfully caught and turned in. Those players managing to reel in 180 of these rosy faced beauties before proceedings come to an end will be gifted the rather striking Gold Hauler Figurehead, as seen above.
Players embarking on the Hunter's Haul challenge can keep track of their current catch tally by signing into the event website. Note, also, that fish caught by crew mates during a session will count toward that total, so you can speed things up by getting some friends involved.
Sea of Thieves' Hunter's Haul event runs concurrently with the challenges introduced in last week's Chests of Rage update, which includes the titular new cursed chest, related voyages, and some high-stakes Skeleton Fortress shenanigans in the Devil's Roar. A new update is due mid-March, whereupon Sea of Thieves' second anniversary will be here.